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        ANAL SACS

Anal sacs/glands are two small glands just inside your cat's anus. The secretion from these glands is very thick and foul smelling.

Domestic animals seem to have lost their ability to empty these anal sacs. Walking around and normal defecation serves to empty the glands but some become unable to empty their glands on their own. The sacs become impacted and extremely uncomfortable. Cats often lick the fur off just under their tails.

Your veterinarian, his technician(s), or your groomer can empty your cat's anal glands. Occasionally, this procedure has to be done more than once to bring on relief. Unless your cat's health care provided has demonstrated how this is done, it is not a good idea to attempt it on your own. If an impacted sac does not get emptied, an abscess can form and rupture out through the skin. This is a very painful, messy and smelly condition that can often be mistaken for rectal bleeding! Anal sac abscesses will be treated by your veterinarian, who will administer antibiotics. If your pet has recurring anal sac problems, your veterinarian might bring up the subject of permanently removing these glands.

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